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Five top reasons for letting office space in Sheffield

1st July 2010
As a thriving city in the heart of South Yorkshire, Sheffield offers companies a true business-led location and a range of commercial properties that provide quality amenities and modern, flexible leases. If your business is considering relocation, consider moving to Sheffield, where a diverse range of office space awaits you.

Here are five top reasons for letting commercial property in Sheffield.

Superior transport links
Sheffield is well known for its superior transport facilities, via both road and rail. The city is linked to the national motorway network by the M1 and M18, with the former taking cars direct to London and Leeds. The M18 also offers rapid access to Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport, giving passengers full access to both domestic and international air routes. Major rail routes pass through Sheffield mainline station, including the Midland Main line which links the city to London, and the Cross Country route, which connects Sheffield to the North East of England and the East of Scotland.

Strong economic revival

Sheffield spent many years in economic decline but is now experiencing strong revival. A survey by Knight Frank revealed Sheffield was the fastest growing city outside London for office and residential space and rents during the second half of 2004. Redevelopments are copious, including both attractions and commercial properties, with the Sheffield economy now being worth an estimated £8.6bn. And in 2008, the UK Cities Monitor placed Sheffield among the top ten ‘best places to locate a business today.’

Corporate precedent
Many of the biggest companies in the UK have already seen the importance of representation in Sheffield and now have a major presence in the area. These come from a diverse range of sectors and include some several household names including Barclays, Dixons, IBM, HSBC and George Wimpey.

Leisure activities
Sheffield has a rich, internationally-recognised history and remains a significant tourist destination to this day. Because of this, leisure amenities and local attractions are first rate, providing plenty to see and do for workers and executives during evenings and weekends. And with a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, everyone will be able to find something they truly enjoy.

Environmental friendliness
As the climate change agenda gains momentum companies will find themselves under increasing pressure to do their bit. The city’s District Energy System gathers domestic waste and incinerates it, converting the energy into electricity. It also provides hot water throughout the city to many buildings, including cinemas, hospitals and the two universities. And in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sheffield developed a carbon footprint of just under 6 million tonnes a year, compared to the UK’s total carbon footprint of 700,000,000 tonnes a year. The city has also signed up to the 10:10 campaign, a climate change movement aiming for a 10% reduction in carbon emissions in 2010.

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